Harie one of Japan’s 100 Best Spring Waters

On June 5, 2008, the Ministry of the Environment announced Japan’s 100 Best Spring Waters of the Heisei Era (平成の名水百選) and four of them are in Shiga Prefecture including one in Takashima: Harie-no-Shozu (針江の生水) in Shin-Asahi. The 100 locations were selected based on the water’s quality, volume, and how well it was used and preserved by the community. Google Map Photos of Harie here.

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Echigawa Public Library wins “Library of the Year” award

On Dec. 12, 2007, the Echigawa Public Library 愛知川図書館 won the “Library of the Year” Award from among 5,000 libraries in Japan. The date was also the library’s 7th anniversary. The library staff was praised for having field-specific expertise (museum curation, education, etc.) and being active in promoting and vitalizing the town. The library opened on Dec. 12, 2000. It has 165,000 books and lent out over 230,000 books during 2006. For a town of 20,000 people, these are very high figures. Google Map

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Re: NHK Nodo Jiman

My English version of the song, “Biwako Shuko no Uta” (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) was sung on national television for the first time on Nov. 26, 2006 on NHK TV’s “Nodo Jiman” amateur singing contest. This  show is broadcast live on Sundays from a different location each time. This time it was beamed from Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture. The singers were twin sisters Jamie and Megan Thompson whom I met earlier this year and agreed to sing my English song in public on June 3, 2006 when the song was first unveiled. They applied to appear on the show and lo

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